Rohingya Babies Born in Camps Suffer Most

Near 700,000 Rohingya people, over half of them children, have fled violence in Myanmar's Rakhine State and arrived in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar since 25 August. The displaced population have to camp in overcrowded shelters, with limited access to clean water or toilets. The World Health Organization has recorded over 100 cases of diphtheria, which threatens children’s health. Babies born in camps may have to face an uncertain future as they cannot get their birth registered… 

 A girl has to wash dishes using muddy rainwater due to the lack of clean water. 

No Identity, No Future

Anwara, aged 17 and eight months pregnant, had a stable life back in Myanmar. Her family lived at a two storey wooden house and owned a farmland. One day, some shootings happened and Anwara had to walk for 5 days to reach Bangladesh, enduring the discomfort of pregnancy. She even lost her husband in the chaos. After arriving at the camp, Anwara tries to get hold of him, but there is no way to.

Anwara later gave birth to a daughter in the camp, “We didn’t have any clothes for my daughter when we arrived, but I managed to gather some around the camp. My daughter got a rash but she hasn’t been able to receive treatment as the queues are so long.”

 “I live with my relatives and the thirteen of us get food every 15 days, but it isn’t enough. Sometimes we don’t eat so that we have enough food for the children,” Anwara said.

 The new born daughter of Anwara cannot get a birth registration, which may lead to a doomed future.

Girls Face Additional Risks in Emergencies

Violence forces children to flee and makes them vulnerable. “For unaccompanied children – particularly girls – are subject to threats such as deprivation of education, early marriage or even sexual violence,” says Kanie Siu, CEO of Plan International Hong Kong. “The shelters that are being built fail to meet basic safety standards and have no doors or locks. Anyone from outside can wander in off the street. There is no privacy.” 

Numerous girls are camping in temporary shelters and their safety is at risk.

Plan International is working in four makeshift settlements in Cox’s Bazar. By February 2018, Plan has reached around 60,000 Rohingya people in Cox’s Bazar. We distributed 10,000 hygiene kits, constructed 700 toilets and 200 bathing facilities, constructed female friendly bathing spaces, installed communal waste bins in the camps, etc. We have been providing education to children in need and assisting with the registration of unaccompanied, separated and orphaned children, providing support, capacity building and case management. We aim to reach more than 250,000 Rohingya in the next 10 months and is focusing the response in Ukhiya.

 Plan distributed hygiene kits to the people in need.

 Each hygiene kit distributed to affected families consists of a bucket, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soaps, etc.

 Plan constructed toilets in camps.

 Plan staff held menstrual health management session for girls and women in camp.

The new arrivals in Bangladesh need your support. Please help us provide immediate assistance to the children and families in need!

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